As the government shutdown continues to break records as the longest recorded, a Republican Senator has suggested that the president reopen the government for a brief period while trying to reason with Democrats to increase border security and build his wall, according to the Associated Press.
Senator Lindsey Graham (R, SC) has been one of the president’s biggest supporters in the U.S. Senate when it comes to border security. However, current events seem to imply that Sen. Graham is beginning to bend due to pressure to reopen the government and pay state employees who were sent home.
“Before he pulls the plug on the legislative option, and I think we’re almost there, I would urge him to open up the government for a short period of time, like three weeks, before he pulls the plug, see if we can get a deal,” Graham said. “If we can’t at the end of three weeks, all bets are off.”
“See if he can do it by himself through the emergency powers. That’s my recommendation,” Graham added.
The president has made it clear to his supporters around the country that he can and will declare a national emergency if that’s what it takes for him to build the wall. This has sparked a national debate discussing whether the situation at the border is really an emergency, with many networks saying that the president has “manufactured” a crisis at our southern border.
Graham’s comments regarding the reopening of the government have been called a “great place to start” by Sen. Chris Coons (D, DE), but are likely to be attacked by conservatives who continue to support the president despite the shutdown.
One thing can be said: Republicans in the House of Representatives are supporting the president in his efforts, as said by House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R, LA).
“Our members want to secure the border. Obviously there are a few that aren’t there,” Scalise said. “The vast majority of our conference strongly supports securing the border and strongly supports what the president is doing.”
There aren’t any real signs that the Democrats and the president will reach a deal to reopen the government; in fact, many sources are saying that the government shutdown is likely to last for much longer, as Democrats ignore the president’s requests for wall funding.